Magnetic control of flexoelectric domains in a nematic fluid
The formation of flexoelectric stripe patterns (flexodomains) was studied under the influence of external electric and magnetic fields in a nematic liquid crystal. The critical voltage and wavevector of flexodomains were investigated in different geometries by both experiments and simulations. It is demonstrated that upon altering the orientation of the magnetic field with respect to the director, the critical voltage and wavenumber behave substantially differently. In the geometry of the twist Freedericksz transition, a non-monotonic behavior as a function of the magnetic field was found.